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A Powerful Evolution Theory

If you’re not familiar with the legendary Jim Rohn, I encourage you to get acquainted with him.  The former motivational speaker once said to a group of eager listeners: “If you don’t have the philosophy that drives you to do all the necessary things to make it work, then nothing works.”  Mr. Rohn died a few years ago, but his wisdom will still echo in the hearts of multitudes for years to come.

Philosophy is not an occupation of a popular nature…It’s concern is not with words, but with facts…It molds and builds the personality, orders one’s life, regulates one conduct, shows one what one should do and what one should leave undone, sits at the helm and keeps one on the correct course as one is tossed about in perilous seas.  Without it no one can lead a life free of fear and worry.  Every hour of the day countless situations arise that call for advice, and for that advice we have to look to philosophy. -Seneca, Letter From a Stoic

Every moment of the day, there is a bidding war for our attention, feelings and viewpoint.  Whether we realize it or not, most of us have effortlessly settled for philosophies that have been appointed to us.  With enough exposure, we will casually accept whatever cliché that has been thrown together and passed on to us.  There is a modern saying, “it is what it is”, which has overshadowed a much larger truth, and that is: “it is what we allow it to be.”

Think of the views that exist regarding topics like sex, money and religion.  Just in seeing those words, some readers automatically experience negative emotions because of what has been planted in them through the influence of attitude around these subjects.  How can we use the principals of belief to develop a philosophy that supports us in being our best version of ourselves?

An Overview

Have you ever been to a circus?  To train elephants to stay put, handlers, chain them to a stake in the ground when they’re still young.  The baby elephant keeps pulling but cannot break free.   It soon realizes its predicament, and stops trying to get away.  Since it has tried and failed to escape so many times, the elephant has accepted that when the chain is on its leg, it simply cannot get away.  As the elephant matures however, the handler uses lighter and lighter chains, until only a flimsy rope is used, attached to a small railing tied to the elephant’s leg.  At this point, the elephant is physically full grown and strong and can easily break free from the restraint.  Yet, the elephant will not move, because mentally, it is a prisoner, and as long as it feels the rope on its leg, it believes it cannot escape, and will not ever attempt to.

How It Works

To form beliefs and philosophies around them, we adopt them through a few different associations, the first of which is what we verbally hear through repetition.

These verbal associations usually started with our parents, teachers, peers, religious leaders and even television.  Try filling in these blanks to see if we’re distant cousins.

All rich people are going to 1____.  Money doesn’t grow on 2____.  If you want to be successful, go to school so you can get a good 3____.  Watch out for those get rich quick 4_____.  If it’s too good to be true it probably 5____.  I hate paying my 6____.

Do we know each other from a past life?  Now here are few philosophies from the other end of the spectrum.

1.  When things are too good to be true, I expect them to happen to me.

2.  Money can’t but you happiness, but being happy will attract others to you and earn you a lot of money.

3.  It is better to be in a position to be able to give to someone, then to be in a position where you need to receive from someone.

4.  I love paying my taxes; it feeds the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Ask yourself these questions.  Do I truly believe the philosophies that I’ve heard over the years regarding wealth, work, spirituality and charity?  What effect have the philosophies that I’ve accepted had on my career, relationship and confidence?

Even More

The second way that we primarily learn is by modeling through sight, and to a much larger extent, by how we understand and perceive what we see.

According to the Bible, the earliest recorded human couple Adam and Eve, became noteworthy not just because of their glorious state of perfection, but rather, there longstanding impact on the world.

I’m sure you know the story, if you don’t, here it is in short.  The first man gets created.  He’s put under an anesthesia of sorts, and during a deep sleep a woman is formed from his ribs.  When he opens his eyes, he’s in for a real treat.  He has a wife now!  the new couple, Adam and Eve go around exploring the beautiful paradise garden they’re in, having a boat load of sex, taking care of the animals in a manner that would make PETA proud, and possibly, engaging in some superhero behavior.  But the most memorable part of the story to be told for the ages involves a sly snake!  Upon gazing at what must have been some amazingly attractive fruit, Eve was deceived by a talking serpent, to take a taste test of this forbidden fruit growing from a special tree that was off limits to her and her husband.  After gazing at the fruit, her preference for the finer things in life were aroused and she decided to give it a try, and saw it was indeed some pretty good fruit, organic too.  She had to share this with her husband.  Not one to disappoint, even if his life depended on it, Adam ate some as well.  Then the trouble started, and so began the first reported act of disobedience in human history and of course it came with a punishment.  Before being handed their death sentence, they were stunned when they noticed something awful.  After frolicking in the nude for countless hours on end, they realized that they were naked!  They immediately fetched for leaves, trying to hide and cover themselves out of shame.  Then God in a mighty voice from heaven asked a good question to both of them, “Who told you that you were naked?”

The above example is not intended to create a debate in theology, but to illustrate a point.

Some have reasoned that by Adam and Eve eating from the tree, it represented them entering a state of consciousness, where they would be responsible for their actions by how their minds guide them, and they were no longer governed by nature, whereby they now had the ability to discern for themselves what is right and wrong and good and bad by utilizing their free will.  Hence, the shame they felt upon seeing themselves naked after going against the implicit instructions that were given to them.  That’s an interesting perspective.  Let’s view this event through that lens for our discussion.

In the above scenario, one new piece of information triggered a switch in Adam and Eve’s brains regarding their physical appearance that changed the way they viewed and felt about themselves entirely, despite their physical actuality remaining the same.

The idea behind perception suggests that, our senses translate to our minds how to understand and accept our environment.  We learn how to feel through how those senses accept conditions which thus creates our state.  Think of phenomenon this in reference to this example.

Have you ever taken a picture and looked at it only to erase it and decide that you’d like to take another in a different pose or angle with a brighter smile, curve of the mouth or change in facial expression?  Do you think that the second picture will be more appealing or sexier to the person looking at the photo, even if the only viewer for the time being is yourself?

What philosophies have you accepted through what you have seen, and are they supportive of how you need to view things in order to live a productive and healthy life?  If you find that the way that you view the world around you creates a picture that doesn’t bring you into a state of solidness and peace, in a reassuring voice I ask: Who told you that you were naked?

In Essence

As you reflect on the combination of where you have learned your philosophies from and the methods in which they were implanted, you may embarrassed at how long you’ve kept these views that are not essential to your life.  You may also feel regret for the time that you have let them exist in your head.  Do not despair.  The day that you accept the appropriation of energy that offers itself in abundance to all of us you, the more harmonious your life will become with the person you are today and the person you are growing into.

Liken the course of philosophical living, which is really living by design, to that purchasing a new home.  When examining the property, you tend to take notice of the elements that add character to the entire home.  Some rooms may need to be remolded and updated.  Still, other parts may even need to be destroyed and rebuilt.  Once you figure out what to keep, what to alter and what to start over on, you will get a better idea as to how to make your living quarters one that you love spending time in.

The neighborhood doesn’t determine the joy of the home that you create.  In like manner, your quality of life is determined by the quality that you give it.

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